Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rangers, Senators Agree That Game 3 Was Ideal Balance of Speed, Skill, Toughness: Rangers, Senators Have Ideal Playoff Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rangers, Senators Agree That Game 3 Was Ideal Balance of Speed, Skill, Toughness: Rangers, Senators Have Ideal Playoff Game

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OTTAWA - After a weekend of hockey violence, the consensus was that the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators did it the right way on Monday.

Players and coaches from both the Senators and the Rangers agreed that New York's 1-0 victory in Game 3 of their playoff series was a perfect demonstration of how playoff hockey should be played.

"I thought it was an outstanding game and it was true playoff hockey. There was a lot of big hits, a lot of scoring chances and fun to play in for any guy," said Ottawa forward Nick Foligno.

The first two games of the series in New York City got a lot of publicity for the wrong reasons and Matt Carkner of the Senators and Carl Hagelin of the Rangers were both suspended following separate incidents in Game 2.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final had everything a hockey game needs with none of the controversy that was displayed in the opening two games at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers were 1-0 winners thanks to a third-period goal by Brian Boyle -- the unwilling participant to the fight that led to Carkner's one-game suspension -- and a 39-save shutout performance by Henrik Lundqvist.

No one was disappointed Monday night -- except, of course, the Senators and their fans, who were unhappy with the final score.

"It was a great playoff hockey game and the only bad part was that they scored one more goal than we did," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean.

The Senators outshot the Rangers 39-23 and there were only five minor penalties called against both sides. The lack of penalty minutes didn't mean a lack of physical play or emotion though.

There were 81 hits in the game, 48 coming from the Senators, who now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 back in their building Wednesday night.

Foligno said it is clear the Senators are more than capable of playing the type of game they did Saturday, when they showed they will not be intimidated and will stand up for themselves. …

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